Lyceum Series To Kick Off Season in New Location

The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will kick off the new season in September, but audience members will be viewing the performances in a different venue than normal. All lyceum events will be relocated to Ophelia Parrish for the 2016-17 season due to the renovation of Baldwin Hall.

The season kicks off Sept. 24 with a performance by the several-time Grammy award-winning Kansas City Chorale. The New York Times referred to the Chorale as having “refined sound and elegant phrasing,” as well as having “vivid intensity” and a performance possessing “buoyant pulse and energetic finesse.” Conductor Charles Bruffy leads the group. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. More information about the chorale can be found at
The lyceum continues Nov. 10 with a performance of “Seussical,” which takes the audience into the world of Dr. Seuss as they revisit beloved characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and more. The musical, by Tony award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, debuted on Broadway in 2000 and spawned multiple national tours. The musical will be performed by the Truman State University Theatre Department and they will be performing the more popular Theatre for Young Audiences Version. The musical will take place at 7 p.m. in Ophelia Parrish Severns Theatre.

The Saint Louis Brass will close out the abbreviated season at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Although the Brass may look formal when they appear on stage, audiences are pleasantly surprised at the relaxed and fun atmosphere they create. The Kansas City Star concert review said the “Brass Quintet adds zaniness to its talents. Diverse material combined with imaginative presentation marked the engaging concert.” More information about the Saint Louis Brass can be found at

Truman faculty, staff and students as well as community members may purchase up to two tickets for $5 per ticket (includes tax). Tickets may be purchased two weeks in advance at the University cashier window, online at or at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville.
The 2016-17 series has been made possible thanks solely to donations by alumni, friends of the University, area businesses and corporations to the Truman State University Foundation Friends of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series fund. To ensure the continuation of the tradition of providing a variety of cultural experiences for the community, please consider becoming a Friend of the Lyceum by contributing to the fund. For further information visit

For more information about the lyceum, email or call 660.785.4016.

Kansas City Chorale